OLLI News from Bradley University
February 5, 2019  
OLLI to Visit Woodruff in February

Woodruff Career and Technical Center
Thursday, February 14
9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Level 2 Learning Trip

Woodruff Career and Technical Center is home to Peoria School District 150's vocational programs. Launched after the closing of Woodruff High School, the Center offers students a variety of exciting hands-on learning with the goal of preparing them for college, career, or both. During our visit, we'll meet administrators and watch students engage in the curriculum, which includes cosmetology, barbering, natural hair care, construction, metals, engineering, health occupations, auto body, and culinary arts.
$27 - includes admission fees, tour, lunch, gratuities, and shuttle transportation

For more information, contact  Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  You may also  register online .  
Update to Spring Class #20

For those of you registered for the spring class  #20, A Study of The Shepherd of the Hills, we want to clarify some information that was in the brochure.

Please do not read the novel prior to class, but you should bring the novel for use during class.

Participants will be asked to read parts of the book each week and then discuss the characters, plots, and sub-plots. 

The Shepherd of the Hills is available at local and online retailers and in libraries.

Registration Deadline Approaching fo
Two Spring Study Groups

The deadline (Monday, February 18) is quickly nearing for two spring study groups you won't want to pass up!  Here are their details.

Fall and Redemption  in Film
Mondays, March 4 - April 8
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

What do Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, and even the White Witch of Narnia have in common? How do they relate with the timeless stories we read in the Bible? At the heart of everything is the simple, powerful story of fall and redemption. Join us these six weeks as we explore this theme through the films of today. In our time together, we will watch excerpts from films like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe , Star Wars , Harry Potter, and others to discover and discuss this theme of fall and re demption so integra l to religion today. 
$45 - facilitated by Bill Dohle, pastor serving St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peoria. (RF/NG)

Fly Me to the Moon - The Social and Technical History
of Apollo 11
Mondays,  March 4 - April 8
1:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Goodwill Commons

The 50th anniversary of humankind's first landing on the moon will be celebrated in July 2019. This study group will investigate the history of Apollo 11 and the turbulent times of the 1960s. The technical achievement of Apollo 11 cannot be told in a vacuum, as NASA's execution of the Apollo program took place during a decade of searing racial divisions, intense political divisiveness over the Vietnam War, and rapid changes in social norms. Participants should obtain and read the book Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson, available at local and online retailers and libraries.  Internet and email access is required for this group. 
$45 - facilitated by Mark Golden, retired Caterpillar engineer. (RF/NG)

The deadline to register for each of these study groups is Monday, February 18.  For more information, contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  You may also register online.
Oscar Nominee is Feature of March OLLI Program

RBG, Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, March 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Watch the Oscars on February 24, then join OLLI in March when we learn about the exemplary life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Jerelyn Maher, retired Tenth Judicial Circuit judge and director of the Center for Legal Studies at Bradley University, will lead our discussion prior to the film screening.

OLLI has partnered with the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Encore program at the Hult Center for Healthy Living, and AARP to present this special screening of RBG as part of the new OLLI Originals program made possible through generous donations from our OLLI members.

Register online for RBG, or call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900 for more information.
OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,
I was wondering about registering for a spring trip or study group with OLLI, but I'm not sure what programs are still available. Are the events listed in the weekly email the only ones that still have space?

Wondering Wanderer

Dear Wondering Wanderer,
We still have many trips, study groups, and classes with space available, even if they are not featured in the email.  If you would like to find out what else is available, feel free to call the office (677-3900), and one of our staff members can let you know which programs still have openings.

OLLI Insider

OLLI Insider   is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email  continue@bradley.edu .

Hilltop Happenings
Love Bradley Campaign Continues for Second Week

It's week two of the Love Bradley campaign, an initiative to spread kindness on the Hilltop.  This week's suggestions for "spreading the love" include these activities: 
Give a hug or high five to ten people
Sign up for a volunteer opportunity
Deliver food to a neighbor
Write a thank you note
Invite someone new to eat lunch with you

Students, faculty, staff, and OLLI members are encouraged to complete any of these acts of kindness (or to create your own!) and share your experience on social media.  Use the hashtag #LoveBradley, and tag Bradley University in your post for a chance to win one of the weekly prizes!    Email Liz Gunty if you have any questions.

Holocaust Historian to Speak on Janowska Camp

The Janowska Concentration Camp:
The University of Criminals
Armstrong Lecture by Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn
Wednesday, February 6
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Bradley University Michel Student Center Ballroom

Dr. Waitman Beorn, of the University of Virginia, is a historian of the Holocaust and Genocide.  He will speak on his current project about the Janowska concentration camp in Lviv, Ukraine, which served simultaneously as a slave labor camp, transit camp, and extermination center.  For this project, Beorn relies on several digital humanities methodologies including social network analysis, mapping, and modeling of the camp, all of which he will  address in his presentation.  

Beorn is a recipient of fellowships with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Claims Conference.  He is also the author of several books.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Blues Legend to Give Concert, Talk at Chillicothe Library

Concert by Blues Legend, John Primer
Sunday, February 10
2:00 p.m.

Legendary blues artist John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band will bring Chicago blues to our community.  

A two-time Grammy nominee,  Primer helped to build the sound and style of Chicago blues over his decades-long career. He was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Magic Slim & the Teardrops. Having played or recorded with a "Who's Who" of blues greats, John Primer's personal accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, reflect his countless contributions to the history of Chicago blues. There are very few fans, critics, or musicians who will deny that John Primer is the real deal.   With strong traditionalist blues phrasing, seasoned rhythm and blues vocals, and lightning-fast slide guitar techniques, Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band will present "The Blues According to John Primer," a high-energy Chicago blues show.

This is a rare opportunity to see John Primer and his band outside of Chicago, and to hear Primer discuss his musical life and experiences in the post-concert talk and Q&A.

For more information about this free concert, please visit  chillipld.org,  or call (309) 274-2719.

Japanese Print Collection, Wright to be Topic of Fine Arts Society Speaker

For the Love of Japanese Prints:
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art Institute of Chicago
Thursday, February 14
9:30 a.m.  Social time
10:00 a.m. Presentation 

Frank Lloyd Wright's activities as a promoter of Japanese prints had a lasting impact on Chicago, and this is very much in evidence in the Art Institute's collection. Presenter Janice Katz, Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will present her research into Wright's role in building the museum's Japanese print collection, the landmark exhibition he designed in 1908, and the drawings done by Wright and his studio that are held by the museum.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students.  For more information, visit the Fine Arts Society website, or call (309) 692-1858.  

(Photo from 1908 exhibition courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago Institutional Archives)

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